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West Ham should take a gamble on Bakayoko this summer

West Ham should take a gamble on Bakayoko this summer

West Ham have completed most of their transfer business with manager Manuel Pellegrini only looking to bring in a couple more players before the Premier League starts next month. 

And a midfielder could be on the Chilean’s list, although interest in Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro has appeared to have cooled after the Italy international had been linked with a move to the London Stadium (via Gazzetta dello Sport).

With the signing of Sturaro unlikely at this moment in time, West Ham should consider taking Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan.

Bakayoko, quite frankly, has been nothing short of a flop since arriving in England.

However, at previous club AS Monaco, the French midfielder was brilliant. He played an integral part in the Red and Whites’ Ligue 1 triumph in the 2016/17 season.

Bakayoko, who is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, formed a formidable partnership with Liverpool’s summer signing Fabinho in the middle of the park.

The 23-year-old was responsible for breaking up play in both halves of the pitch, while his ability to make surging runs through midfield made him look like the perfect Premier League midfielder.

The former Rennes man, though, has not been able to transfer that over to Chelsea, and a fresh start elsewhere may be what he needs to get his career up and running again.

With Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate’s futures possibly being away from West Ham, a temporary move to the London Stadium for Bakayoko could be ideal for all parties.

In Bakayoko, Pellegrini would get a midfielder capable of winning back possession and someone who can provide cover for the team’s more flair players, while the France international gets the chance to rebuild his confidence and show he can be a success in the Premier League.

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